HTS Measurement Engineer

Location: Milton Park, Oxfordshire, UK
Salary: COMPETITIVE

Background

Tokamak Energy aims to accelerate the development of fusion energy by combining two emerging technologies – spherical tokamaks and high-temperature superconductors.

The company was originally established in 2009 to design and develop small spherical tokamaks and compact fusion reactors for a range of applications.  Since then, the Company has unlocked a new route to scalable fusion power that is cost-effective and does not require huge infrastructure and capital expenditure. The technology will revolutionise the world’s energy production – it will be possible to produce more energy, more cheaply and with fewer harmful side effects (e.g. with no long-term nuclear waste or carbon emissions). Tokamak Energy aims to accelerate the development of fusion energy by combining two emerging technologies – spherical tokamaks and high-temperature superconductors (HTSs). The company’s innovation has been featured on Channel 4 news, BBC News Click and Reuters news channel and they received a Technology Pioneer Award at the World Economic Forum on 2016. This is the chance to join a fast-growing high technology company with an agile, dynamic team and to tackle the challenge of a lifetime.

 

Person and Job Specification

The Role

A position is available in the HTS magnet team for an HTS Measurement Engineer. The successful candidate will be responsible for performing a wide variety of experiments in the laboratory to participate in the pioneering work taking place on HTS magnet development at Tokamak Energy. The successful candidate will have a methodical, analytic mindset, able to design and carry out complex experiments and analyse the results in rigorous detail. Organised, self-driven and able to work to defined timescales. Have excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team of engineers designing new and complex devices.

 

Responsibilities

  •  Sample preparation and making measurements on superconducting tapes, joints and assemblies under cryogenic conditions, demonstrating key magnet concepts at small scale.
  • Testing novel high field HTS magnets.
  • Design and use of experimental test equipment
  • Reviewing test during experiments to diagnose and correct any instrumentation issues quickly and efficiently to ensure successful magnet testing.
  • Data analysis using numerical software packages,
  • Interpreting test results and producing clear written reports.
  • Liaising with international research facilities and wire suppliers to assist in the procurement and characterisation of very large HTS tape quantities for upcoming magnets.
  • Maintaining records and inventories of HTS tapes for quality control purposes.
  • Highly motivated to deliver against challenging objectives in a compressed timescale.
  • Ability to contribute effectively in a multi-disciplinary team of engineers and scientists.
  • Willingness to learn new techniques and technologies.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • Organised approach to complex problems.
  • Ability to work effectively with minimal supervision.
  • Proactive attitude.
  • Self-starting and self-reliant.
  • Ability to devise and operate effective project schedules.
  • Creativity and innovation.

 

Essential Criteria

  •  Degree in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline.
  • Experience of performing practical work in a laboratory or engineering research environment.
  • Experience of working in a team of scientists and/or engineers.
  • Familiarity with standard laboratory electrical test equipment such as power supplies and data acquisition.
  • A good understanding of the principles of electricity and magnetism. –
  • An aptitude for programming and data analysis using software such as MATLAB, Microsoft Excel VBA, Python, National Instruments LabVIEW, etc.

 

Desirable Criteria

  •  Familiarity with superconductivity.
  • Experience of analogue and digital electronics.

 

Benefits

  • 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays)
  • Company pension scheme
  • Eligible for company share option scheme after 1 years’ service
  • Company bonus scheme, discretionary, dependent on performance
  • Private medical insurance after 3 months service

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